The St. Joseph High School football team is slowly and surely becoming a multi-dimensional squad this season.
As the younger Wildcats have gained playing time, the team is able to do more offensively, with different players.
That was the case on Oct. 31, as St. Joseph routed Egg Harbor Township 47-13. St. Joseph had five different players score touchdowns as the Wildcats won their third straight game to improve to 6-2.
“The last few weeks we are improving offensively,” St. Joseph coach Paul Sacco said. “You can tell by the amount of points we are scoring and the first downs we are picking up and the yardage.”
The Horne brothers still led the Wildcats offense against the Eagles, but Salaam Horne got the passing game going in the win.
The senior quarterback was 5-for-7 with two first-quarter touchdowns. Horne’s two incompletions were drops. He connected with Keagan Harvin for a 61-yard score and Matt Tucker from 16 yards out as St. Joseph jumped on Egg Harbor Township early and often.
“He really should have been 7-for-7,” Sacco said. “We did a really good job, we threw the ball a little bit. He had a good game.”
The Wildcats took a 28-0 first-half lead, as A’Laam Horne, who finished with 207 yards rushing, bookended his brother’s touchdown passes with a 1-yard touchdown run and a 51-yard sprint to the end zone.
Salaam Horne also eclipsed 100 yards rushing, including a 36-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Harvin, who along with sophomore Qwahsin Townsel, has given the Wildcats more options other than the Horne brothers, also added a 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
“He is a senior and waited a long time to get this opportunity,” Sacco said of Harvin.
DeAndre Kennedy capped St. Joseph’s scoring with a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats, winners of six of their last seven games, will face a 2-5 Ocean City squad coming off a bye week on Nov. 6. The last time the Red Raiders took the field they registered a 29-24 win over Atlantic City.
With a 6-2 record, St. Joseph expects to have at least a home playoff game in the opening round.
“We aren’t sure who we play (in the playoffs), but more importantly than that we have to get ready for Ocean City,” Sacco said. “They are a much improved team over last year. They do a great job on both sides of the football.”